Tennessee waltz block A: snowball – video tutorial

This week let’s make a Tennessee Waltz quilt.

The Tennessee Waltz quilt is made of 2 blocks that alternate: a snowball block and a block called the 54-40 or Fight block.

Apparently the 54-40 or Fight block a US historical name from 1844 based on political opinions and controversies. 

I hope you enjoy it and see the potential of this easy quilt block on its own while you wait for the next block to complete the quilt.

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My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

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Moroccan snowball quilt block – Morocco series – video tutorial

This is a simple shape that you can see in many medinas around Morocco.

Check out a picture of this mosaic from the Medina of Tétouan.  It’s a very simple zellij but a beautiful design nevertheless.

Learn how to make this Moroccan snowball block.

Moroccan zellij
Tétouan Medina


My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Two easy sewing projects video tutorial

I always make my own bias tape. I used to do it the old fashioned way cutting each strip and sewing it together one by one. Then I came across this method a long time ago but I never really gave it a go until recently. But I’m sold now.

Making continuous bias tape is so quick and easy and it can be made for any width of bias tape and starting with any size square.

The second project is an origami bag you can make with just 6 large squares using 6 fat quarters.

You can make the bag in a couple of hours and use your favourite prints you can’t get yourself to cut into little pieces.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Marrakech Magic star quilt block – Morocco series – video tutorial

Today I learned that I probably should have called my “Morocco series” my “zellij” series. Zellij is a “style of mosaic tilework made from individually hand-chiseled tile pieces set into a plaster base”  according to Wikipedia. You can find zellij as a decorative element in many places in Morocco.  Often they’re found in historic buildings but also on fountains and on lower walls outside buildings and houses. Today’s zellij is an 8-pointed star also called ring. This ring shape can be presented in a repeated pattern or at the centre of a larger piece. I’ve called this block Marrakech Magic Star. Let’s learn how to make this block.

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You can purchase the Marrakech Magic Star quilt templates from my Etsy shop. This download contains the foundation templates to make the Marrakech Magic star quilt block and mini quilt as well as a quilt colouring page. Finished block size: 12″ x 12″. The block construction is demonstrated on video only. An internet connection is required to make the block.Marrakech magic mini quilt
If interested in geometry, this is a drawing of the pattern. Source.
Or the one below. Source.
Marrakech Magic Star quilt block - Morocco series video tutorial
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Two Hidden wells quilts with solids – video tutorial

This technique was developed by Mary Ellen Hopkins in 1989 for her Hidden wells quilt.

Hidden wells can be done with a different number of strips in different or equal widths.

I’ve made this block before in prints in different widths and different number of strips if you’d like to check the tutorials.

My book Turnabout Patchwork

“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.

See all the quilts in the book in a real life project

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Two hidden wells quilts with solids - video tutorial

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